Coverart for item
The Resource Pearl, Mary Gordon

Pearl, Mary Gordon

Label
Pearl
Title
Pearl
Statement of responsibility
Mary Gordon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "On Christmas night, 1998, Maria Meyers - a New York single mother with a radical past - receives a call from the State Department: her daughter, Pearl, who is studying abroad at Trinity College, Dublin, has chained herself to the flagpole outside the American embassy and has not eaten in six weeks. Pearl has written a statement saying that her hunger strike is an act of witness, marking the death of a young man in the aftermath of the contested Irish peace agreement - a death for which she feels personally responsible - and calling attention to the human will to harm. Maria, who has always congratulated herself on Pearl's impeccable liberal upbringing, must reexamine all her assumptions about Pearl as she boards a plane for Ireland, determined to prevent her daughter's death. At the same time, Joseph Kasperman, Maria's friend since childhood and Pearl's surrogate father, flies to Dublin from Rome to help."
  • "In Pearl, Mary Gordon engages us in the lives of Maria, Joseph, and Pearl, flashing back to their complex histories: the conflicted experience with church and politics that shaped Maria in the 1960s; questions of responsibility and the nature of beauty that have shaped Joseph's understanding; the anguish of Pearl, the serious girl whose early inklings of the will to harm seem borne out in a world grown increasingly perilous."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
Receiving a call from the State Department that her daughter Pearl has been protesting global violence by chaining herself to a flagpole at the American embassy in Dublin and refusing to eat, Maria Meyers heads to Ireland to save her daughter
Theme
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
129698
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gordon, Mary
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Psychological fiction
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Students, Foreign
  • Americans
  • Protest movements
  • Hunger strikes
  • Upper West Side (New York, N.Y.)
  • Northern Ireland
Target audience
adult
Label
Pearl, Mary Gordon
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000025554583
Extent
p. cm.
Isbn
9780375423154
Label
Pearl, Mary Gordon
Publication
Control code
000025554583
Extent
p. cm.
Isbn
9780375423154

Library Locations

    • Margaret Martin LibraryBorrow it
      Level 1, Royal Randwick Shopping Centre , Randwick, NSW, 2031, AU
      -33.9151421 151.2408898
Processing Feedback ...